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EPA misses key deadline on dioxin guides
The Wall Street Journal
The Environmental Protection Agency has missed a deadline to release federal guidelines on the dangers of excess dioxin chemicals in the food supply and environment, giving ammunition to critics that hope the agency will change course.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is part of a leading group of trade associations that has called for amendments to EPA's proposed dioxin regulations.
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AFFI meets with White House over proposed trade association advocacy restrictions
POLITICO
Association executives upset over a proposed White House Office of Government Ethics plan to eliminate an exception to rules that allow government workers to participate in "widely attended events" hosted by trade groups got a White House meeting to discuss their concerns.

Editor's note: AFFI President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz's participation in a meeting with the White House Office of Counsel is referenced in this story.
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Colorado lawmakers delay hearing on school trans fat ban
The Associated Press via USA Today
A Colorado House committee was expected to discuss a bill that represents the nation's toughest regulations meant to keep trans fat away from students, but lawmakers Thursday delayed the hearing without explanation. More
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January jobs report good news for Obama
The Washington Post
January's jobs report is welcome news for the president: The unemployment rate dropped 0.2 percentage points to 8.3 percent; 243,000 new nonfarm jobs were created in the past month.

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    Corporations sending more contributions to super PACs
    The Washington Post
    Corporations appear to be embracing, albeit slowly, new campaign rules that allow them to make direct contributions to political groups. The super PACs that have been playing a significant role this election season are getting more of their funding from corporate coffers — 23 percent, according to an analysis of federal records. More
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    Democrats outraised GOP majority in 2011
    POLITICO
    When Republicans took over the House in a stunning 2010 landslide, it seemed a given that money would rain down on the newly ascendant party. But Democrats dominated the cash dash in 2011, with the party's campaign arm consistently outpacing its GOP counterpart. More
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    Push for heavier trucks in GOP highway bill hits stop sign
    The Hill
    Opponents of allowing heavier trucks on highways put the brakes on an effort to raise the limit in the $260 billion surface transportation bill being considered by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Thursday. More
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    DesJarlais bill prohibits fed funds for food, beverage attacks
    The Daily News Journal
    U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., introduced the "Protecting Foods and Beverages from Government Attack Act of 2012" Tuesday to prohibit the use of federal money for advertising campaigns against any food or beverage deemed safe and lawfully marketed under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. More
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    APHIS seeks to separate milk, egg import regulations
    Federal Register
    The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has proposed a new process that would stratify the regulations governing animal and poultry product imports, asking that the import process for milk and eggs be outlined in a separate category by the Office of Management and Budget. More
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    Draft guidance tackles how to handle bulk organic products
    Federal Register
    The National Organic Program is releasing "Handling Bulk, Unpackaged Organic Products," a draft guidance for accredited certifying agents, certified operators and noncertified handlers. NOP wants feedback on the proposed guidelines before April 3. More
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    Vietnam bars Tyson products
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service updated its export requirements to reflect a recent decision by Vietnam not to allow products that originated at Tyson Fresh Foods plants in Buena Vista, Ga., or Vienna, Ga. More
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    Pre-Codex meetings set to discuss US stance on food contaminants, additives
    Federal Register
    A public meeting will be held Feb. 13 to review the U.S. stance on food additives prior to the Codex Committee meeting about food additives. Similarly, a Feb. 23 public meeting will be held to discuss the U.S. position on contaminants in food, in advance of the Codex Committee meeting on that topic. More
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    US beef row puts new Taiwan officials under pressure
    The China Post
    The newly designated Taiwanese premier and his team will take office later this week. Among the various issues facing them, the U.S. beef row probably will be one of the thorniest. More
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    China food safety: 137 dead, 8,300 sick in 2011
    UPI
    Food poisoning killed 137 Chinese and sickened more than 8,300 last year — presenting a mixed picture as the death toll dropped 26 percent from 2010 while the illness rate climbed 13 percent, the Chinese health ministry said. More
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    Tyson Foods posts lower profit
    The Wall Street Journal
    Tyson Foods Inc. reported a 48 percent drop in first-quarter earnings on lower beef and chicken sales volume, though price increases helped boost revenue. More
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    Kellogg, Sara Lee raise prices, get mixed results
    The Wall Street Journal
    Kellogg Co. and Sara Lee Corp. relied on higher prices to grow sales for the three months ended Dec. 31, passing on higher costs for everything from cookies and cereal to coffee and lunch meat. More
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    Amazon gearing up for chilled food market
    RAC
    E-commerce giant Amazon is gearing up to sell chilled foods in a move that would shake up the supermarket industry, sources have told Retail Week. More
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    Hard-cooked egg recall ripples through retailers nationwide
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    After discovering potential Listeria contamination, Michael Foods Inc. has recalled hard-cooked eggs produced at its Wakefield, Neb., facility and sent to food distributors and manufacturers in 34 states. That recall has prompted subsequent recalls issued by Wegmans Food Markets Inc., Allison's Gourmet Kitchens and Greencore USA.

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    US Foods to certify all distribution centers
    The Packer
    Food service distributor US Foods expects to have all 60 of its facilities food safety- and quality-certified by the end of 2013. More
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    Bakers doubt reduced-sodium products will sell
    Bakery and Snacks
    Reducing sodium is expensive and difficult, and many bakers doubt the wisdom of investing millions to reformulate products consumers do not want to buy, the Association of Bakers has told USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. More
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    Jimmy Dean to introduce breakfast quesadillas
    BakingBusiness.com
    Jimmy Dean, a brand owned by the Sara Lee Corp., is introducing breakfast quesadillas in two varieties: sausage and turkey sausage. More
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    Handheld flow cytometer opens possibilities for food safety
    PRWeb via San Francisco Chronicle
    A portable, lab-on-a-chip flow cytometer from Diagnostic Chips LLC could open new doors in food safety testing, according to the makers of the device, which typically is used for medical diagnostics. More
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    Tomato industry discusses 'audit fatigue'
    The Grower
    Fresh tomato supply chain leaders are sharpening food safety programs and auditing protocols with a goal of cutting foodborne illnesses. But the focus is giving rise to what growers are calling "audit fatigue." More
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    Zap of cold plasma reduces harmful bacteria on raw chicken
    PhysOrg
    A new study by food safety researchers at Drexel University demonstrates that plasma can be an effective method for killing pathogens on uncooked poultry. More
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